Movie Monday – Blood and Ties (2007)

Starring: Son Ye Jin as Jeong Da Eun, Kim Kap Su as Jeong Soon Man, Kim Kwang Gyu as Detective Kang, and Lee Kyu Han as Jae Kyung

Rating: R, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 95 min

Twinkies: 3 stars

Synopsis: Da Eun is set to become a newspaper reporter. She lives with her father Son Man. Although her father does menial work, Da Eun is proud of him. One day, Da Eun goes to the movie with her boyfriend Jae Kyoung and friend Bo Ra. They watch a movie that is based on a real life unsolved crime. A man kidnaps a boy and demanded ransom from the parents.

The child is later found dead and the killer is never heard from again. The only clue to the killer’s identity is the ransom phone call he made to the parents. At the end of the film, they play the actual recorded audio from that phone call. When Da Eun hears the voice she becomes frozen. The man’s voice sounds eerily like her father.

Musings: This movie was like the continuation of Voice of a Murderer, 2007. I remember watching that and thinking “How could nobody NOT recognize that voice?” Well, this movie did a decent job of showing just what could happen if a person years later did. I thought the acting was good and the length of the movie kept it from being boring. It was definitely a movie that you feel sympathy for the murdered boy’s family and family members of these criminals because you really get to see the harsh reality.

I can’t fault the story at all but if you want to keep the sympathy more with the victims, how about featuring police who do real police work? I think it is kind of pathetic when you watch innocent people being brutalized in the name of justice. Now, Da Eun was still at the state where she didn’t know what to accept as the truth and I understand with the press for time and the brutality of the crime, why is it you wait for the statute of limitations to expire to get all “Gun Ho” on a case; why not do police work all of the time? This portrayal usually gets to me and I get pretty vocal about it. This is not a movie for everyone! I assure you! But it is a good portrayal of the other side of crime; the effects on the criminal’s family.

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

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